Report | September, 2021
A Plastic-Free Ocean
Since plastics were invented more than 100 years ago, they have been present in virtually every aspect of daily life – from water bottles to construction materials and medical equipment. News and studies on plastic pollution in the oceans began to emerge back in the 1970s, but it was not until 2010 that accumulated evidence reached alarming levels, not only for the scientific community but also for society. While there is plenty of global information on the topic, this report is the first effort to consolidate an overview on marine plastic pollution in Brazil based on publicly available data that cover the whole country. With this document, we hope to contribute to the debate on single-use plastics in Brazil based on the country’s scenario and to the search for concrete measures that make our oceans clean and abundant again.